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GVSU professor to speak on U.S. Indian Policy During the Adams Administration

GVSU professor to speak on U.S. Indian Policy During the Adams Administration

GRAND HAVEN--Dr. Sean O’Neill, history professor at Grand Valley State University, will present “U.S. Indian Policy During the Adams Administration” on Wednesday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 1 South Harbor Drive.

O’Neill will be speaking about U.S. Indian policy during the Adam’s administration. He will also be discussing the Battle of Fallen Timbers and the Louisiana Purchase that occurred both before and after his administration and overshadowed his term as president.

He is a Grand Haven resident and teaches American Indian studies, as well as Colonial America, and Social Studies Education. O’Neill has a BA from University of California, Berkeley and a Masters and doctorate from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Saint Mary’s to kick off “White Elephant” event and festival with thousands of items

SPRING LAKE, Mich., July 1, 2011 – Lori Dinneweth, co-chair of this year’s “White Elephant” event that kicks off the annual Saint Mary’s Festival on Friday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. announced today that thousands of items have already been donated by the general public and hundreds more are coming in each day.

“Literally, there are hundreds of books, alone, that have been donated, along with small appliances, Christmas ornaments, holiday decorations, children’s toys, clothing, men’s items, sporting goods, baskets, and an array of glassware and some of the items are brand, spanking new,” said Dinneweth, adding, “We even have a youth diving suit and pair of flippers available that look like they have never been worn.”

This year’s “White Elephant” event continues on Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. as the Festival gets into gear, as well.

Dinneweth and Mary Eplett are serving as co-chairwomen for this year’s White Elephant event.

Summer concerts continue

Summer concerts continue

The holiday weekend might end July 5th but the Grand Haven Area Arts Council's summer concerts will continue throughout the week.

Tuesdays in the Park will feature The Fred Knapp Trio starting at 7:00 pm. Wednesday's Dance on the Waterfront will feature Entourage staring at 6:30 pm. And this weeks Thursday's at the Point will feature The Trace starting at 7:00 pm.

Visit http://www.grandhaven.org for additional information.

Hauenstein Center Associate Director to speak at Loutit District Library

Hauenstein Center Associate Director to speak at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN -- To complement the John Adams Unbound exhibit at the Loutit District Library, Brian Flanagan, Associate Director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, will present “John Adams-Fortunate Son of Liberty” on Tuesday, July 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the library's Program Room A.

Flanagan’s program elaborates the fact that John Adams wasn’t born silver spoon in hand, and at the end of his life he was buried in a modest, granite tomb. In between, however, the Atlas of Independence was a man of tremendous good fortune. As we shall see, in lineage, love, and learning, John Adams’s luck was peerless.

Brian Flanagan is associate director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, where he has worked since 2003. He serves as program director of the Peter Cook Leadership Academy and adjunct professor of public, nonprofit, and health administration.

Artists transforming Grand Haven City Beach Saturday

The Grand Haven City Beach will become a canvas for artists Saturday, as the sand sculpture contest returns for its 30th year. 

Artists who register at 9 a.m. will have two hours to create their sculptures before judging at noon.  Registration costs $10 to $20.  The categories include families, teams, children, castles, adult and child.  In past years, artists have transformed sand into Asian Carp, gorillas, elephants, vehicles and soccer stadiums.  Visitors are invited to walk the beach and vote for their favorite piece.

The sand sculpture contest coincides with the Downtown Grand Haven Art Festival.  This is the 50th year for the event, which features original handmade artwork, auctions, craft making and other family activities.  The Downtown Grand Haven Art Festival runs from Saturday, June 25 through Sunday June 27. 

Thursdays at the Point continues with Silverado Band

Thursdays at the Point continues with Silverado Band

Spring Lake's Thursdays at the Point will continue this week with Silverado Band.

Silverado Band will be serving up everything from country to funk along with various polkas, waltzes and line dances.

The Thursday night concert series takes place at Mill Point Park and start at 7:00 pm.

Future dates:

June 30 – Oat Bran Boys (featuring Margot  Van Oordt), bluegrass and swing
July 7 – The Trace (formerly Natchez Trace), acoustic rock and pop
July 14 – Exit 9 Left, original and eclectic acoustic music
July 21 – Steel Doin’ It, steel drum band
July 28 – Don Middlebrook & Living Soul, tropical music
Aug. 4 – Sea Cruisers
Aug. 11 – Blue Water Ramblers, Michigan folk  
Aug. 19 – The Fred Knapp Trio with Dave Prouix, jazz

Visit http://www.springlakevillage.org for additional information.

Loutit District Library to host Town Meeting in Central Park with John Adams historical interpreter

Loutit District Library to host Town Meeting in Central Park with John Adams historical interpreter

GRAND HAVEN -- The public is invited to a colonial town meeting on June 27 at 7:00 p.m. with Founding Father John Adams (first-person interpreter and historian of John Adams, Bill Crystal) in Grand Haven’s Central Park. Grand Haven’s townspeople will learn why and how our country was formed from real detailed examples and insider insights.

Best of all, this program is interactive. The public can ask Mr. Adams any question they want—historical or contemporary! Adams will respond to all contemporary questions with care and will ground his answer in something he said or did during his life.